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Modern Painters
New York: John Wiley, 1852. First American from the Third London Edition. Revised by the Author. 422; 222 pp. 2 vols. 8vo. Quarter contemporary vellum and marbled boards. Foxed throughout. Violet Paget's (aka Vernon Lee) Copy, with her Annotations Heavily annotated in pencil in both volumes by Violet Paget (1856-1935), known for her supernatural stories and aesthetic writings under the nom de plume "Vernon Lee"; and with a note by Benedict Nicolson in 1946 confirming he received this copy from Lee's friend and executrix Cooper Willis: "This book was presented to me by Cooper Willis, who had it from the library of Vernon Lee, who is responsible for all the pencil annotation. BN 1946." The annotations themselves are too numerous and profuse to record here; here is but one excerpt from a lengthy comment, written in the margins of Ruskin's chapter "Of Vital Beauty in Man": "Ruskin will not permit physical beauty; that is at the bottom of all; the enjoyment of it seems to him selfish, which it certainly is, & sensual, which it certainly is not..." An important association copy, and a fascinating confrontation of the pre-eminent mind and theoretician of the pre-Raphaelits, John Ruskin, with that of a devotee of Pater and the aesthetic movement, Violet Paget.
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